Spring 2016 Book Sale was a Big Success

Report on Spring Book Sale
By: Linda Laliberte-Schmidt
From the time of our last book sale in the fall FOML volunteers have been working toward the Spring Book Sale. Organizing and sorting the many donations of our generous community. All of the donations of books and money keeps our organization together to help our local library. Whole families turned out for the fun! FOML’s Book Committee with the help of Volunteers from NAS Whiting Field supervised by Dave Castro did a lot of the heavy lifting and were able to put together a wide selection of books for every age group in our community. It was a lot of work! Thankfully, we saw many satisfied customers and we seemed to outdo sales in the past. The money earned will assist our library system with supplies, furniture, books, equipment and programs. Our heartfelt thanks go out to our community, and a fond farewell to Dave Castro. Good Luck Dave on yournew posting in San Diego, we are indebted to the volunteers from NAS Whiting Field for saving our older backs. Welcome to Dave’s replacement TJ Wever. The efforts of our own volunteers and especially our own FOML Book Committee members are greatly needed and appreciated.

See report also on Announcement Page



Friends of the Milton Library Book Sale

Friends of the Milton Library Book Sale

9am – 4pm, Fri. May 6

9am – Noon, Sat. May 7

Milton Library

5541 Alabama St.  Milton FL



VOLUNTEER TO HELP with the Friends of the Milton Library Book Sale in May. Set up is May 5th at 1pm, and then Book Sale is Fri. May 6 at 9am to 4pm, and Sat. May 7 at 9am to noon.  To sign up to help come by Milton Library Book Shed at 9am to 11am on any Monday, the Book Committee works that day most every week, or email for more information fomlemail@gmail.com  and see https://friendsofthemiltonlibrary.wordpress.com/



Letter from Editor

This announcement is to let all the membership and followers know that the Book Committee has decided that our organization should not renew our Chamber of Commerce Membership. They also said that the newsletter should end. Below is my position on these decisions and I would appreciate input from the membership and followers to tell your opinion.

I disagree with stopping the newsletter and I disagree with not renewing Chamber of Commerce Membership, and I hope the Committee will consider what I have to say; which is this:

Our next meeting is in September and all this should be discussed in a meeting with the membership in attendance to discuss it.  I plan to continue the newsletter each month – because we offered Corporate members to join with the promise of having their business card in the newsletter for one year from the time they joined, and I don’t think it would be good form to go back on that promise. I stated previously that I can copy and paste the Library News and all other items easily, none of that is a problem for me, but it takes me the most time to decipher Ned’s hand written article and then type it all up, but I can scan in his handwritten article just as I did last month. If Ned doesn’t want to continue his article that’s fine, but I will continue and I think it is a bad decision to stop membership at the Chamber. I hope the Book Committee will reconsider that decision. We get a good value for the Chamber of Commerce membership, and it does help make people aware of the Library Services which is what the FOML mission is supposed to do, and since the Library doesn’t have a membership with the Chamber of Commerce, I think we are the link to that outreach through the Chamber in the community. The marque in front of the the Chamber of Commerce building running our announcements from time to time helps bring people to the library and each month the Chamber has us on their website with our newsletter and calendar of events, not to mention the inserts in the Gazette due to being a member of the Chamber. I know I haven’t went to the Community Council quarterly meetings lately but I have went in the past and I do plan to go again in the future. The Chamber of Commerce also has other events they provide for membership to present the mission of our organization.

Please chime in on this matter and let the organization know how you feel.

Maggie Leiterman
Friends of the Milton Library
Editor and Publisher of the Newsletter
Membership Committee Chair 
Publicity Committee Chair

It’s Fun to Be a Friend!

Our new promotional tri-fold brochure that I put together for the Chamber of Commerce promotional section.

Click on picture below to open the pdf that you can view and then download if you want to print it to distribute to help promote the Friends of the Milton Library. Thanks for being a Friend!



Here also is a single leaf flyer below, click on the picture and you may also download and print this one too.







A Book Club at the Milton Library?

Would you join if we had a Book Club?


Would you like to help start a book club at the Milton Library?

See contact information at the end of this article.



How to Start a Book Club

Starting a book club? Just follow our 10 basic steps to good books, good talks, and good eats.

1. What kind of book club?
First, decide on a club orientation: somewhere between highly social…and seriously academic. If you make this decision at the outset, you’ll know who to invite and what books to read.


2. What kind of books?
Think about the books you enjoy—in terms of genre and level of difficulty. First, consider a mix of genres.

  • Fiction—general, current or classic, historical, mystery, sci-fi, western, romance.
  • Nonfiction—memoir, biography, history, current events, science, travel, cooking.
  • Others—poetry and drama.

Next, vary your reading by moving between more challenging works…and those on the lighter side. (See How to Select Your Books.)


3. What about members?

  • Number—8 to 16 members are best: enough for a discussion if several are absent, but not too many to make discussions unwieldy.
  • Invite—start with 3 friends—all devoted readers; ask each of them to invite 1, 2, or 3 others, also devoted readers. It’s not important for everyone to know one another; in fact, it’s fun if you don’t. After you meet a couple of times, you can grow the club at your own pace. (Or not.)
  • Online—maybe you’re new to the area and don’t know people. Several of our Featured Book Clubs have started highly successful groups through Meetup.com. (Type “meetup.com” into the LitLovers search bar to get a list.)
  • Caution—be sure to find people with similar reading styles. If you think Dostoevsky is a light beach read, don’t ask someone who thinks Marley and Me is a slog. Even if that person’s a close friend, believe me: It—won’t—work.


4. Meeting—how often and when?
The most important thing is to pick a schedule…and stick with it.

  • How Often—once a month works best for most clubs—although some read longer books and stretch their meetings out to every 6 weeks. A lot of clubs shut down for the summer.
  • When—Most clubs meet during the week: mid-morning, lunchtime, dinner, or early evening. For others weekends work best. Still, all clubs end up working around jobs, childcare, travel, even difficulty driving at night.


5. Where should we meet?
Homes, clubhouses, public libraries, churches, Y’s, cafes and restaurants—all make good meeting places.


6. What about food?
You have to ask? Decide if you want to eat at home or out in restaurants? If at home, do you want full meals, or something lighter—wine & cheese, or dessert & coffee?

  • Home meetings—in some clubs the hosts do all the cooking—that way members don’t have to prepare a dish every time a meeting rolls around. Other clubs like to share the cooking—everyone brings a dish.
  • Book Club Recipes—LitLovers has nearly 300 recipes from around the world. A lot of clubs find it fun to eat food to match the book: if you’re reading one on India, take a look at our Indian menus…or ones from France…or the American South.
  • Forget the Joneses—don’t make serving food a competition. Who needs the pressure? So establish a no-compete rule: chips & dip or artichoke-wasabi souffle, it’s all good.


7. What should we call ourselves?
Give your club an identity — Brookville Book Babes, Reading’s Red Hat Readers, New London Literary Lions. Or simply the Lakewood Book Club — that works. (For ideas, take a look at some of the terrific names of our Featured Cubs.)


8. How do we keep in touch?
Send out monthly meeting reminders via email, Twitter, or Facebook. A number of clubs set up their own blog sites or use Facebook or Pinterest to connect members and highlight their book selections.


9. Keeping memories
Keep a club journal—a scrapbook or 3-ring binder—to keep track of the book selections, plot summaries, discussion highlights, and members’ opinions. It’s especially helpful to bring new members up to speed. Include photos of special events.


10. Giving to the community
Collect dues for a scholarship or an annual literacy award at a local school. Purchase books for your local library, or become involved in a tutoring program. (Take a look at Book Lovers Group of Gainesville for ideas on community involvement.)

(Book club tips by LitLovers. Please feel free to use them, online of off, with attribution. Thanks!)



Mitzi has offered to coordinate setting up a book club at the Milton Library, if you are interested you can contact her at wldmitl [at] gmail [dot] com

May Update

Friends of the Milton Library and Readers of the Newsletter,

The May 8th membership meeting has been cancelled.

The Book Committee will not meet on May 12th and no one will be at the book shed that day.

Our next meeting is in September, it should be 1pm the 2nd Thursday, but don’t hold me to that, check back after summer break.

The newsletter will be published for May very soon! As usually I have too many irons in the fire!

The newsletter will continue during summer break and I encourage you all to send in your articles and recipes for me to publish in the upcoming newsletters!

I hope you all were safe during, and had no damage from,  the recent flooding in our community!

Warmest Regards,